MOREY AMSTERDAM AND ROSE MARIE The actors who played the star’s sidekicks on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” are mentioned as next week’s guests by Allen Kincaid (Spencer Garrett), a fictional Hollywood journalist who opens the movie by interviewing Rick and Cliff.
“COMBAT!” This war drama starring Vic Morrow is advertised on the side of a bus.
SERGIO CORBUCCI The real Italian filmmaker is name-checked as “the second-best director of spaghetti westerns in the whole wide world” (presumably after Leone). Corbucci’s actual movies included the recently rereleased 1968 cult favorite “The Great Silence,” but “Once Upon a Time” credits him with directing Rick in the imaginary flick “Nebraska Jim.” During Rick’s time in Europe he acts opposite Telly Savalas, the “Kojak” star who did actually appear in several Italian westerns, and marries Francesca Capucci, a fictitious actress.
FABIAN The singer-actor is said to have dropped out of a role in Rick’s faux World War II movie “The 14 Fists of McCluskey” after breaking his shoulder on the set of the TV western “The Virginian.” In fact, Fabian made guest appearances on three episodes of “The Virginian” between 1963 and 1966.
MUSSO & FRANK GRILL The legendary eatery is the site of the meeting where Schwarzs first woos Rick.
“THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S” The director William Friedkin’s 1968 burlesque comedy is listed on the marquee of a movie theater.
GEORGE PEPPARD, GEORGE MAHARIS AND GEORGE CHAKIRIS The three actors — perhaps best known for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Route 66” and “West Side Story,” respectively — also lost out on the lead role in “The Great Escape” to McQueen, in the movie’s telling.
GEORGE PUTNAM The longtime local newsman is seen in a bus-bench ad.
“ROMEO AND JULIET” Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play is advertised on a marquee.
JAY SEBRING The Hollywood hairdresser (Emile Hirsch) had been romantically involved with Tate before she married Polanski, and he perished with her at the hands of the Manson clan.
SHORTY SHEA A former stuntman, this ranch hand on the Spahn estate (mentioned but not seen in the film) was killed by the Manson gang.
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